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David Carl Eaton, Sr., 81, passed away on Saturday, November 18th, 2023 doing what he loved most, traveling to celebrate with his family in Northern Ireland for his granddaughter’s wedding. David was born on September 19th, 1942, to Elwyn, Sr. and Elizabeth (Richardson) Eaton in Binghamton, NY. He graduated from Whitney Point High School in 1960 and studied at Fredonia State University of New York and then served in the United States Air Force.
Upon retiring from the U.S. Air Force David met the love of his life, Jaynne (Pareis) who he married on August 14th, 1964, and then they set out on a 59-year adventure. David was a hard worker, determined to build a life for his family. He began his career working for the S.S. Kresge Corporation, later the Kmart Corporation, for 30 years and then Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., for 16 years eventually retiring in 2010. David’s retail career impacted countless associates, who described him as an inspiring mentor, who led with purpose and kindness. His 46-year career took him and his family on 17 moves across New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland, and New Jersey.
Second to Jaynne, David’s greatest joy was the family and life they built together, their eight children, five daughters-in-law, son-in-law, nineteen grandchildren, two granddaughters-in-law, grandson-in-law, and two greatgrandchildren. As Dad and Grandpa, he coached multiple sports, sat on the sidelines of games and band competitions as the loudest cheerleader (and analyst), gave tractor rides after a long day of yard work, regularly spent the day at the movies, piloted Sunday drives that usually included a stop at the ice cream stand, joyfully danced to “Shout” and “Chantilly Lace,” and most importantly instilled in each of them a love of country, service and the importance of family.
If there is a love that may have rivaled David’s love for Jaynne and his family it was his love of sports, baseball, and his beloved Los Angeles Dodgers. His love of more than 70 years included all of the highs and lows of a traditional love story including the admiration of important players, the disappointing trades of others, the move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, Spring Training trips, traveling the country to watch them play in-person, staying up late to catch the game live on television, sharing the joys of wins, the sorrows of losses and analyzing year-round their prospects with his children and grandchildren.
David’s loves were all out of dedication to something larger than himself and his family and friends will lovingly remember and honor his legacy.
David was preceded in death by his parents, Elwyn, Sr. and Elizabeth Eaton, his in-laws, Edgar and Ada Pareis, brother, Gary Eaton, and sisters-in-law, Shirley and Carole Eaton. David is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife, Jaynne of Toms River, NJ, brother Elwyn (Bud) Eaton, Jr. of Castle Creek, NY, brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Linda Eaton of The Villages, FL, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ricky and Jackie Pareis of Durham, NC, his children David Jr. and Michelle Eaton of Harrison, TN, Dann and Marilyn Eaton of Pottstown, PA, Deanna and Starr Miller-Eaton of Roswell, GA, Dustin and Nicole Eaton of Zelienople, PA, Dennis Eaton of Norwich, NY, Daynne and Kristopher Glover of Toms River, NJ, Dodger and Caroline Eaton of Wiesbaden, Germany, Darcy Eaton of Hallstead, PA, grandchildren, Catherine Lea, David III and Lindsay, Dylan and Trish, Austin, Rylea, Charlie, Jacob and Rachel, Tiffany and Andrew, Ashlea, Tyler, Colby, Halea, Breylyn, Mollea, Mack, Ellis, Myles, Elias, Adelaide, and two great-grandchildren, Lance and Liam. The family will receive friends at Sunset Memorial Services LLC 2659 main St. Whitney Point, NY 13862 Saturday December 9, 2023 from 9am until service time at 11am with Pastor Amy Winnie officiating. Burial will be in Glen Castle cemetery. The family kindly requests those attending the service wear Dodger blue. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation [mlb.com].